first_img Published on August 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 The Syracuse men’s basketball schedule continues to fill in.The Orange will unsurprisingly host longtime foe Colgate on Saturday, Nov. 16. SU has hosted the Raiders in 20 consecutive seasons and won 47 straight in the head-to-head series.The Orange is 120-45 all-time against Colgate.This year’s Raiders are coming off an 11-21 finish including a 5-9 mark in the Patriot League. They’ll be led by senior forward Murphy Burnatowski, who averaged 17.4 points and 5.1 rebounds last season.Here’s an updated look at SU’s schedule thus far:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNov. 8 vs. Cornell, TBDNov. 12 vs. Fordham, TBDNov. 16 vs. Colgate, TBDNov. 18 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn, TBD (EA Sports Maui Invitational)Nov. 25 vs. Minnesota at Lahaina Civic Center, 5:30 p.m. (EA Sports Maui Invitational)Nov. 26 vs. Arkansas/California at Lahaina Civic Center, 2/7 p.m. (EA Sports Maui Invitational)Nov. 27 vs. TBD at Lahaina Civic Center, 5/10 p.m. (EA Sports Maui Invitational)Dec. 3 vs. Indiana, 7:15 p.m. (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)Dec. 15 at St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, TBDDec. 28 vs. Villanova, TBDFeb. 1 vs. Duke, 6:30 p.m.Feb. 3 vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.Feb. 24 at Maryland, 7 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Even while dominating at Spring Valley High School — he was a semifinalist for the high school Butkus Award, which goes to the nation’s best prep linebacker — Miller was not an immediate star at Alabama. Not even close. He was about 205 pounds when he arrived on campus for his first practice.For one of the first times in his life, the kid that was ahead of his time would have to bide his time. First and foremost, that meant eating.A lot.That meant SpaghettiOs for breakfast, taking seconds (and thirds) at dinnertime and chugging blenders of protein shakes at night. It wasn’t easy on his stomach, but he was up to 247 pounds at the Scouting Combine.”I knew it was going to be a process,” he said. “I knew I was going to have to add weight and add strength. I knew it was going to be a waiting game. That’s why I put my attention to learning the playbook and going in the weight room extra. At a place like Alabama, I knew I’d be practicing against All-Americans every day, so I’d be getting better and better. When it was my time to shine, I just knew that I’d be ready for the moment.”Miller’s moment was supposed to come in 2017, his redshirt junior season. However, in the season-opening game against Florida State, he suffered a torn biceps. Coach Nick Saban proclaimed him out for the season.Less than four months later, Miller was back on the field. To mark his return, Miller, who also has a passion for photo and video editing, put together a comeback video that has received more than 140,000 views on Twitter.“It was an Undertaker-themed video, and a lot of fans liked it,” Miller— Christian Miller (@christianmillr) November 16, 2017All of Miller’s hard work — all of his dad’s wisdom and all of his mom’s inspiration — paid off with a breakout final season with the Crimson Tide.”He is the model of what a student-athlete should be,” Corey Miller said. “A five-year senior, graduated with his master’s, waited his turn behind all these great players and now he’s a captain and his hands’ imprint will forever be at the University of Alabama.”If that’s not a great story of what a student-athlete should look like, I don’t know what is.”Corey, an ordained minister who goes by the name @PastorOfPain on Twitter, recalls going to church one day with Christian when his son was 8 or 9.“This is a true testimony,” Corey recalled. “The preacher said, ‘This young man will play in the National Football League.’ I’ll never forget it.”MORE: Ranking Saban’s Alabama teams For most his life, Christian Miller has been known as the son of Corey Miller, former NFL player.While that is true, after starring at Alabama, Christian Miller is expected to be selected in this month’s NFL Draft. And there is so much more to him than that simple sentence. Alabama defensive linemen Quinnen Williams, left, and Christian Miller. (Getty Images)Given his father’s history, football was the natural path for Christian. Before taking aim at quarterbacks, however, he took aim at squirrels.“Being born and raised down South, hunting and fishing is really big down here,” he said. “I’ve always had a passion for being outdoors, whether it was sports or nature. I’ve always enjoyed it and appreciated nature. Like any other kid, for gift ideas, I always wanted that BB gun. I wanted to test my survival skills a little bit. I liked to fish the little ponds that were near my apartment. I learned how to hunt a little bit with a Daisy BB gun.”As seems to be the case with everything Miller tries, he was good at it. That meant squirrel for dinner, cooked by Chef Christian himself.”I would never waste it,” he said. “I respected and appreciated the outdoors, so I wouldn’t waste anything, whether it was cooking it or trying to make stuff out of the little squirrel pelts. I thought I was a little Davy Crockett.”While “Little Davy” continued to hunt and fish — bass and crappie are his current favorite targets — he then picked up a wrench.“I’ve always been a saver, and I’m real business-minded,” he said. “Before I was old enough to drive, I would buy and sell dirt bikes and scooters and cars. At 14, I had saved up enough money and got my first car. I wasn’t old enough to operate it, but I was excited to get it and work on it. I used every dollar that I had saved — I bought it myself. From there, I started buying and trading and selling on Craigslist, because I learned how to get a car more value.”Amazingly, Miller said he had close to 10 vehicles while in high school, each better than the last.“I made sure they definitely ran well, but I would do a good job of adding little things to increase their value and just simple things like cleaning it up,” he explained. “I’d have it for a little while and enjoy it and sell them or trade them. I got really good with the advertisements I was making and which sort of cars do better during different times of the year. I learned the tricks of the trade. I went from a $3,000 car to, two years later, I think I had a car that was worth $18,000 by buying and selling and trading them.” (Getty Images) That prediction is about to come true. At the end of April, Christian will get a phone call from an NFL team’s general manager that will change his life forever.”I’ve always liked to take one day at a time, one step a time, but now that I realize that it’s almost here, I’m not too sure how it’s going to be,” he said. “I’m obviously going to be filled with excitement and pure joy and happiness, knowing all the work that I’ve put in since I was that 4-year-old boy that was on the football field with all those 8-year-olds getting knocked around. I’m going to be overwhelmed in a good way.”Now, I might shed a tear and, if I do, it’s because of my mom. We’re one and the same. It might as well be her getting drafted. She’s seen everything that I’ve gone through. It hasn’t been easy. It’s been a long journey. I just know that he’s going to be so happy for him. I can see her shedding a tear. Once I see her doing that, I might have to join her.”center_img (Getty Images) Christian Miller sacks quarterback Kyler Murray during Alabama’s win over Oklahoma in the 2018 Orange Bowl. (Getty Images)While Miller’s story can’t be told without his father, it also can’t be told without his mother, Lisa. While Corey provided the athletic DNA and football insights, Lisa provided the drive to succeed academically, too. In five years, Miller earned a degree in human performance and exercise science and a master’s in sports business management.“Honestly, she’s my rock,” he said. “From a young age, after my parents split, mostly in terms of raising us and financially providing for me and my brother, it was her doing the heavy-duty stuff. She was working two jobs. She’d stay up for hours at night after working a 9- or 10-hour day. I saw that, and it’s been vital to my development and my growth as a person, just seeing how hard she worked.“It was knowing there’s going to be trials and tribulations, but you’ve just got to keep pressing forward and keep your faith, because she always found a way. No matter how difficult the situation was, she always found a way. She’s the most caring person I know. She’d take the shirt off your back to give it to anybody, whether she knows you or not, because that’s who she is. She’s the most special human being I know. She was in the shadow a little bit, just because my dad played in the NFL and that’s kind of the main focus sometimes with me playing football, but she definitely deserves a ton of credit. I could never repay her for everything she’s done.” “I was probably a little ahead of my time,” Miller told SN matter-of-factly.In so many ways, he is right.NFL MOCK DRAFT 2019:Cowboys, Bears trades pay off for RaidersWhen Miller was 4, he practiced with his older brother’s Pop Warner football team. When he was 11 or 12, he got a BB gun and tried his hand at making dinner. When he was 14, he bought his first car. Not long thereafter, he sold it and bought another. And another. And another. He has already earned his master’s degree.”I was a jack of all trades,” Miller said. “I was one of the better athletes in school growing up always, so I did get into a skateboarding phase and had fun doing that. I’d go fishing and I’d go hunting. I was pretty unique, I would say. I was artistic. I was really good with electronics and computers.”I was blessed with multiple skills, I’d say.”Today, Miller’s No. 1 skill is sacking the quarterback. Corey Miller said his son shares some traits with his former NFL teammate, the menacing Pro Football Hall of Famer linebacker Lawrence Taylor.NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD:Where Miller ranks among edge-rushersMiller, however, was not always ahead of his time. A four-star recruit out of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., Miller instead was a late bloomer in the world of big-time football.After redshirting at Alabama in 2014 and not recording any stats on defense in 2015, Miller was on track to start in 2017, but he missed most of the season with a biceps injury. While a key member of the Crimson Tide defense to start the 2018 season, he did not make his first career start until the fourth game of his fifth year. After recording three sacks from 2015 through 2017, Miller had 8.5 sacks in 2018 to put himself in position to follow in his father’s NFL footsteps.Miller’s path to the draft started when the 4-year-old got his first taste of football on his dad’s Pop Warner team.”I’d probably get scolded for that today,” said Corey Miller, who played for the Giants from 1991 through 1997 before finishing his career with the Vikings in 1999. “I had him doing drills. His mom was like, ‘I don’t know about that.’ But we were teaching tackling and he wanted to play. This little kid just ran over Christian and he was crying. I’m like, ‘Oh, Lord, what have I done? I’ve ruined this kid.’”Said Christian: “I was 4 years old and I was going against 8-year-olds. I think it was pretty understandable. We were doing hitting drills and I got the wind knocked out of me. I had to go to the sideline for a little bit to catch my breath, but I was a trooper, and I got back in there.”It took some pleading with his father to do it.”I picked him up and said, ‘Are you OK?'” Corey continued. “He said, ‘I’m OK, Dad.’ I said, ‘You’re not doing any more of this. That’s it.’ He goes, ‘More, Dad. I want to do it again. I want to do it again. I want to do it again.’ I said, ‘What did Dad teach you when you’re tackling somebody that’s bigger than you? Where do you hit him?’ He said, ‘You hit him in the legs.'”The next play, he hit that same kid right in the legs and wrapped him up perfectly. That became that bond for me coaching him.”last_img read more

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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 272 weeks ago The school funding propoganda is indeed confusing, especially to the elderly and those who arent inclined to make the extra effort of learning the details that Mr Trimmer has described in this article. And i imagine thats the purpose of such propoganda. But the obvious consequences of Brownbacks school funding strategy are plain and simple: schools closing early, schools closing altogether, reduction in staff, cutting music education, etc, etc, etc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down credence · 272 weeks ago When does the school funding issue become enough? Every year we hear the same song and dance about how the public schools are under funded, but we rarely hear of any efforts to control spending, like reducing the number of administrators, merging districts or looking at capital outlay spending. The answer is always the same – give us more money without any strings attached or accounting for how the money is spent. Report Reply 1 reply · active 272 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 272 weeks ago So maybe we should lay off the vice principal at your child’s school, then merge your child’s school with one thats 30 miles away from home? You do have a child in public school dont you? Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Ed Trimmerby Ed Trimmer, State Representative, District 79 — The Kansas Legislature re-convened for the wrap-up session on Wednesday, April 30th. On Friday, May 16th, the 2015 session reached its 90-day limit without a budget and with at least a $420 million deficit. It is now costing taxpayers an extra $43,000 dollars a day for an extended session with no real end in sight.LEGISLATIVE PAYWhile I accept the pay for the extended session, I have always contributed the additional salary to the high school student councils in my district. This has included Leon Bluestem, Burden Central, Oxford, Belle Plaine, Udall and Winfield.During campaigns, I have been accused of doing this for political reasons, and accused of giving myself a bonus for not refusing the pay. First of all, I do not turn the contributions into a photo-op nor do I ask for any recognition beyond simply letting my constituents know that I do not keep this additional salary for myself. I prefer to give the money to our local schools than give it back to the State.Secondly, I do not control the schedule nor do I make the decision to go into an extended session. That $43,000-a-day decision belongs to the Republican super-majority. Had the Republican leadership listened to those of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, who warned of the problems with the 2012 and 2013 tax plans, I am confident we would not still be in Topeka trying to find a way to make the Governor’s failed economic experiment work.ELECTION BILLSVoter FraudOn Wednesday, May 20th, a Senate elections bill was debated in the House and narrowly passed. I voted NO, because the bill gives the Secretary of State independent prosecutorial power in regard to voter fraud. Currently, local district or county attorneys have the power to prosecute voter fraud. The Attorney General can participate, if asked by the local prosecutor for assistance. Secretary Kobach argued that he should have independent power to prosecute because other agencies, such as the Securities Commission, have that power, but that is inaccurate. As it is with the Attorney General, the Securities Commission can assist local prosecutors, but they do not have independent power to initiate prosecution. Giving this power to the Secretary of State would not only create a duplication of powers but it would create confusion in regard to who has the authority to initiate prosecution. It also removes local control.To justify his position, the Secretary of State argued in the Elections Committee that there were 231 examples of voter fraud, which is also inaccurate. Later, he amended that number to 18, all of which were dealt with by local prosecutors and none of which involved undocumented citizens. The job of the Secretary of State is to make sure our elections are run fairly. I believe it is dangerous to give this prosecutorial power to an individual who has already brought into question his fairness by forming a political action committee that he uses to fund candidates in primary and general elections who agree with his political ideology.A second part of the bill allows groups or business to give a financial incentive to people if they go to the polls and vote. To me, this is bribery and should never be allowed. It is the responsibility of citizens to vote and they should not be paid to do so.The bill does increase the penalty for voter fraud, but many of the 18 documented cases, cited by the Secretary Kobach, were merely people who forgot they voted by mail and then went to the polls. A good many of them were elderly. I would hate to think the Secretary of State might try to charge these people with a felony just to justify the use of his new power.Fall ElectionsAnother bill, to move spring elections to the fall of odd numbered years, was passed by yet another narrow margin last Thursday, May 21st. I again voted NO, because most of the school boards and city commissions in my district passed resolutions indicating they did not want the change. They argued that it is important to elect people in the spring so they can participate in the budget building process and then be on board for approving the budget for the next fiscal year. This cannot happen with a fall election.The argument used to justify the bill was that it could improve voter turnout, which is low in the spring. It remains to be seen whether voter turnout will improve. Just because more people turn out for federal or state elections in the fall of even years, it doesn’t mean they will be any more likely to vote in school or county elections in the fall of odd years. Many legislators, myself included, believe that, if the goal is really to increase voter turnout, it would be better to simply use a mail ballot or move the elections to Saturdays. Both of these changes would help working people vote, but received no serious consideration.Tax PlansThere have been a few tax plans passed out of the House Tax Committee. The problem with these ideas, is that none of the proposals create enough revenue to solve our deficit. They are merely political tactics to gauge where the votes are. Many of the House members promoting these plans, as well as the Governor, seem to want to raise sales taxes, raise consumption taxes, and increase fees. They have also proposed eliminating deductions for medical expenses and proposed cutting deductions for home mortgage interest in half. This approach just makes our tax structure more unfair than it already is. It places the burden of solving our deficit on the backs of working people. I can’t help but note that a large number of legislators who favor these taxes, own businesses and pay no income tax, while their employees do. I do not plan to vote for piecemeal approaches, which may or may not be a part of a larger final package. When we get a real comprehensive tax package, I will consider its merits.State BudgetCurrently, there are no budget proposals that have made their way to the House floor. Initially, it looked like there would be a budget proposal first and then a move to pressure the legislature to find a way to fund it. It appears now that we will return to the more rational practice of establishing a revenue package and then a budget. It is still questionable whether we will raise enough revenue to fund programs or whether further cuts will need to be made. If cuts take place, there is no doubt that public education will have to be a part of those cuts as well as cuts to programs for seniors, veterans, the Department of Corrections and transportation, just to name a few. The end result would be even further reductions in school operating budgets, more unemployment, fewer people serving their full terms in prison, more cuts to senior meals programs, and reductions in funding to the Winfield Veterans Home.School FundingThe propaganda mill is in overdrive regarding school funding. The Kansas Policy Institute, an advocacy group that poses as a research entity but will not reveal their funding sources, has produced a misleading ad campaign. In it they state that public schools have received $142 million more state dollars during the 2014-15 school year than they received during the 2013-14 school year. This is true but only half the story.The $142 million came from court ordered equalization of the Local Option Budget (LOB) for schools. Since most schools were at the maximum of 30% for LOB they could not use the money in the classroom but had to reduce property taxes instead. So while the state contributed more money, local tax contributions to the schools decreased and schools had no more money to spend. This spring, the Governor cut $53 million in aid to public schools so almost all public schools in Kansas lost even more money they might have used for the classroom. The Block Grant Funding formula, that was passed this year and will affect schools for the next two-years, changed the calculation for LOB again so most schools lost additional funds. The bottom line is that, while the state contribution to schools went up about $90 million for this year and the next three years compared to 2013-14, schools actually lost budget authority and have less to spend. The only upside is that the court-ordered change forced the state to stop pushing funding for education to local property taxes, but it did not put more money into the classroom.Final End of the SessionNo one in Topeka really knows when the session will finally end. Unless things start moving more quickly, it looks like the session could go into June. I hope that is not the case. Since we returned from the April break, we have spent no more than three to four hours on the floor each day. Most days the time is even less. As we enter the last week of May, we are still waiting on the Tax and Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate to provide any real direction and move us closer to ending the session. It won’t be easy. The Governor’s economic experiment has failed and hard choices must now be made.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more